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What is a Railing Baluster?

Deck Railings | December 17, 2020

If you are thinking about updating the railing on your front porch or back deck, getting to know all of the various components used in a railing system, such as balusters, will help you make an informed decision about which type of railing material and style will work best for your particular wants and needs. If you are unsure what a railing baluster is or if you would like to learn more about the other components used in a railing system, the expert team from Vista Railings would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

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What is a Baluster?

Balusters, also known as spindles or pickets, are the series of short, vertical decorative posts that support the top rail in a railing system. Balusters are available with a wide range of stylistic options for you to choose from. While balusters can be created using a variety of different materials—wood, stone, concrete, iron, aluminum, or vinyl—aluminum balusters tend to be one of the most popular options because they can provide a classic look and do not require as much maintenance and upkeep as other materials do. Aluminum balusters are also extremely versatile and durable, making them a great option for homeowners who are looking for a more modern or unique aesthetic.

Why are Balusters Important?

One of the most obvious benefits of using balusters in a railing system is that they provide additional style and structure; however, while balusters can be used to add an attractive stylistic element to any railing system, they also serve a variety of purposes within the overall structure of the railing. Balusters are specifically designed to provide support and structure to the top rail or handrail, while also closing the gap between posts in the railing system. By closing the gap between posts, balusters act as a safety feature, eliminating any excess space in which a child or pet could fall through the railing and hurt themselves.

If you would like to learn more about what a railing baluster is, or if you are interested in learning about our selection of available baluster styles and materials, please contact Vista Railings at 1-800-667-8247. Our team of railing experts would love to help you select the best baluster style to match the specific aesthetic you have in mind for your new deck railing system.